How to Prevent Common Winter Plumbing Problems

November 11, 2016

This time of year brings so much excitement – adorable trick-or-treaters, friends together around Thanksgiving dinners, and the delight of the holidays. But with the wonderful comes the terrible. The cool weather and bitter temperatures can cause a whole world of plumbing problems. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here with a few preventative measures to help you lower your chance of facing these common winter plumbing problems.

Frozen Pipes

Pipes freezing a common plumbing problem for Roanoke. This typically occurs when high water pressure in the main water pipe unites with freezing temperatures. To help avoid this plumbing problem, leave a faucet a little open to let water continually flow through. If you do realize you have a frozen pipe, turn off the main water supply to stop the pipe from rupturing. Try thawing the frozen area of the pipe with hot water and if that doesn’t work, give Service Experts a call and we’ll send one of our qualified plumbers out to look at the issue.

Broken Water Line

An opening or break in your water pipe could cause major damage to your home. Water line leaks or breaks are usually a result of a frozen garden hose. If you forget to disconnect your hose from your water spout following a freeze, the ice inside can create a pressure build up in your home’s water lines and cause a leak or a break. To avoid this situation, confirm your garden hoses are drained and disconnected before the freezing temperatures arrive.

Failing Hot Water Systems

If your hot water heater is not operating as well as expected, confirm the temperature is set high enough. If you use a gas water heater, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If everything is set correctly and lit properly, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning so we can send out an expert plumber to find out what’s going on. To avoid this trouble altogether, make sure you are getting your annual hot water heater maintenance and it’s best if you service it well before cold temperatures set in. Call 540-302-8645 to ensure you don’t get left in the cold this winter.

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